One of the key factors in keeping our children safe is having good communication with them.
My daughter is a few days over 1 year and as the days go by I can clearly understand some of her requests.
Putting a Lot of effort in Attempting to Talk
She is working on her pronunciation and learning new words. Thanks to one of my parenting mentors Rob Hatch, he helped me understand part of the thought process babies go through when they are attempting new things like talking.
Mom Does a Better Job at Understanding her
Since mom spends a bit more time with Daniela she does a better job at identifying what she is trying to say. I do my best at interpreting most of her sounds that occasionaly turn into words.
Basic Needs Come First
Since Daniela is being breastfed she has been able to pronounce the word breast in Spanish. I guess the necessity of her getting breastfed has put that word as a priority in her vocabulary. Their are a few other words that she can pronounce like “cat” which she uses to identify all animals except for “dog” which she tries to pronounce JuanGa’s name.
Understanding Toddlers a lot easier than Teenagers
As a new dad I am enjoying every step and milestone she accomplishes. I know that as a baby misunderstandings can come from lack of words but in the future those misunderstandings can come from other factors. I guess it would be a waste of time for me to talk on the aspect of understanding teenagers but since it is important that all Parents especially those that are part of the Papa heroes Alliance can have good communication with their kids of any age.
The Clapper and the Listener video by Aaron Manley
By coincidence Chris had shared the video on how people in general sometimes have miscommunications.
I recommend watching the video so you can easily understand the concept.
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I have to say that this exercise is one you can practice with kids and adults alike. The best point Aaron makes is how people get frustrated because they are trying to understand you which may lead to even bigger frustrations. I will keep this in my head so when my daughter is old enough to talk, I can teach her how she needs to facilitate the understanding of any message she wants to get across.
On behalf of the alliance I want to thank Papahero Aaron and his Sidekick Olivia for creating and sharing this thought provoking video.
Are there any practical and neat exercises like the one Aaron shared with us via YouTube that you do with your family?
Feel free to share comments and ideas in the comments area!